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Portrait of Kalpana, Dan Smith, 2016.
Kalpana comes to MSA Ethos every morning on the factory bus as she lives with her in-laws, husband and her son in the neighboring city of Vadodara. Prior to joining MSA Ethos, Kalpana used to work with her mother-in-law at home on household tasks and local tailoring work. She heard about MSA Ethos by word of mouth and was told that it was an excellent opportunity to work as an operator in a space with great energy. She wanted a career opportunity where she could be a productive contributor of a craft she was already familiar with. With her mother-in-law's blessings and support to leave home for work, she is able to supplement her family's income.
-Portrait Photographed by Dan Smith
-Print is Framed
-Museum-Quality Black and White Archival Giclee Inkjet Print
-Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta Paper (325 gsm)
-Frame Details: Wooden, Black Finish
-Printed by Guilia Berto
-Print: 44 x 33 in / 112 x 83 cm
-Frame Face: 0.75 in / 2 cm
-Frame Depth: 2.18 in / 5.5 cm
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FAMILY PLANNING: At MSA Ethos, we work to provide access to family planning education and services through their on-site hospital
HEALTH: Garment and factory workers have access to healthcare clinics, sanitized water and additional nutritional support.
GARMENT WORKER SOCIAL MOBILITY: No child labor, fair wages and transparent contracts.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Ensuring equal remuneration for women as their male conterparts in similar positions.
WORKER BENEFITS: Provision of transportation and subsidies, and a safe space to relax and socialize.
ECO-CONSCIOUSNESS: Limiting waste and upcycling,sourcing sustainable leathers and using state of the art machinery to minimize carbon footprint.